MFN Decision Tantamount To Disloyalty To Kashmiri Martyrs

MFN Decision Tantamount To Disloyalty To Kashmiri Martyrs

17 November 2011
The Nation
Imran Mukhtar

Islamabad: Ameer Jammaat-e-Islami (JI) Syed Munawar Hasan Thursday strongly rejecting the government’s recent decision to grant India status of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) said that this was being done only on the US’ dictation as well its pressure and ultimately it would ruin the country’s economy. He was expressing these views at Aiwan-e-Waqt as a chief guest during a discussion organised to converse the overall political scenario of the country as well as the issues confronting Pakistan at local and international fronts. JI senior leadership of Islamabad chapter including Syed Bilal, Mian Aslam, Sajjad Abasi, Zubair Farooq as well as Dr Kamal Naib Ameer JI Pakistan were also present on the occasion besides many party workers, lawyers and other people representing various segments of the society. The JI chief said that the decision of the government to grant India the MFN status would be tantamount to show disloyalty with the blood of thousands of Kashmiri martyrs. “The decision will also cause to corner the struggle of the people of Kashmir,” he added. He viewed that US wanted to make India a mini powered artificially to cut size of China short and to occupy the resources of Iran. “In this context, the decision to give India MFN status will be identical to ruin the economy of the country,” he viewed saying that this was being done on the US’ dictation. He demanded of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Aqshfq Pervez Kayani to clarify the statement of Indian premier given during the SAARC conference that Pakistan army had been taken on board regarding the decision to give India the MFN status. “It is the responsibility of Army to answer the question whether it was hands in gloves with India or not,” he further remarked. Syed Munawar Hasan said that no one could ignore the significance of negotiations with India but these should be objective and result-oriented and if not, these could be called only a ‘trap’. At the same time, he said that the government high officials including the federal ministers used to say that India while sitting in Afghanistan was destabilising Pakistan but never condemned it at higher forums. Abut the Kashmir issue; he said that it was their fair demand that the people of Kashmir should be given the right of self-determination and it was their fair demand. Ameer JI said that the PPP-led federal government had lost its mandate given by the masses as a result of February 2008 elections as it had failed to deliver as well as to bring a new political culture at the national level as aspired by the people. “ The people are disappointed as reconciliation policy of the incumbent government and continuity of the Mushrraf regime polices by it had shaken the confidence of the people,” he asserted saying that the masses had given them mandate while rejecting the Musharraf’ policies. He indicating towards Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said that the rulers had made the terrorists as their coalition partners of the government in Sindh in the name of reconciliation policy and they had been invited to be part of the government again and again for more than three and half years rule. “In center and other provinces, the results of reconciliation policy are no more secret for the people,” he said severely criticising the government. He questioned how the government could be called democratic in its nature when every order of the Supreme Court, the unanimous resolutions of the Parliament as well as all parties conferences (APCs) were being defied. “The incumbent regime is neglecting democracy in the name of democracy and it behaviour was undemocratic, he further opined. War on Terrorism and “Do More Policy’: “War on terrorism is not ours but it is of US and ultimate losers are the people of region, Pakistan and Afghanistan while the government was inclined to its ‘do more policy’ as demanded by US,” Syed Munawar Hasan said. He said that military operation in the country’s tribal belt was in progress He further elaborated that the military operations were not the solution of any problem as these promoted terrorism and the language of negotiation would have to be followed for final solution. He also urged COAS General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani to present an audit report or balance sheet on such military operations. He said that the term of Muslim extremism was not the result of any ideology but it is the consequence of circumstances. “ Osama Bin Laden was not the name of a person but a behaviour and character,” he said adding that Nato led US forces were facing defeat in Afghanistan. Syed Munawar Hasan said that the phenomenon of missing persons was the result of military operations informing that 130 women were also among the list of missing persons in Balochistan. He further said that 5th military operation was under way in Balochistan as the previous all had failed a and this indicated that operations were not the solution of any problem. During the question answer session, he ruled out the possibility of mid-term elections saying their time has passed away fearing that he was not seeing the general elections going to be held at its proper time. While responding to the question of revival of Muttahida Majlis-e-Aml (MMA), he giving ambiguous answer said that first it should be exposed to the people the names of those responsible ones who made it a redundant body. About the possible alliance of JI with any political party in the next general elections, he said that it would be decided after the announcement of general elections.


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